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Where to Enjoy Horseback Riding Near Lake Lure, NC for a Splendid Adventure

Escape the ordinary and treat yourself to a unique adventure in Lake Lure. This stunning North Carolina town is known for its scenic landscapes and peaceful surroundings. Here, you can leave behind the crowds, connect with nature, and enjoy horseback riding near Lake Lure, NC. From local dining to outdoor activities, you’ll find the best things to do in Lake Lure, NC, using our complimentary Vacation Guide. The guide is full of the best local eateries, places to visit, and things to see. Request unlimited access, and start planning your next getaway!  

Top Picks for Horseback Riding Near Lake Lure, NC 


Established in 1993, Cedar Creek Stables is one of the only family-owned and operated ranches in the area. Their experienced wranglers will match you with the perfect horse for your adventure. If you’re new to the saddle, there’s no need to worry because Cedar Creek Stables offers a variety of guided trail rides that are ideal for beginners and seasoned riders alike.  

At Cedar Creek Stables, you can choose from these guided rides: 

  • The Laurel Mountain Trail – a one-hour ride through the forest and across several creeks. 
  • The Nettles Trail – a one and a half-hour ride perfect for spotting plants and wildlife.  
  • The Overlook Trail – a two-hour ride across nearly 350-acres. Most popular ride! 
  • Private Trail Rides – these rides range from one to two hours and are ideal for groups of 4-7 riders. 


Located just twenty-five minutes from The Esmeralda, Riverside Riding Stables offers expertly guided trail rides with an exciting twist. Choose the two-hour river trail ride to cross through a local river and swim with your horse! This daring trail is only for the most adventurous riders. All others can saddle up for a one–hour ride through peaceful forest trails that offer a front-row seat to the local wildlife in action. In addition to horseback riding, Riverside Riding Stables also allows children to take pony rides around the property. Before your ride, you can guide your child and their pony around the stables to help them get used to being in the saddle. No matter how you choose to embark on your horseback riding, you’re sure to have a great time!  

Trot Home to The Esmeralda Inn

Whether you’re visiting from Asheville, NC, or traveling from anywhere else in the country, we highly recommend horseback riding near Lake Lure, NC. This pastime is the ideal way to take in the wonder of the mountains.  

Our charming inn, restaurant, and spa is located in the heart of Chimney Rock, so you can disconnect and surround yourself with nothing but nature. Make yourself at home in any of our spacious cabins or cozy guest rooms and treat yourself to a delicious Esmeralda breakfast every morning. Whether you’re traveling with a partner or the whole family, horseback riding in North Carolina is an adventure you’ll never forget. 


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